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07/31/2015 - 09:47

Executive Director makes first visit to Tajikistan

During her meetings with key government counterparts, including the Prime Minister of Tajikistan, as well as the Minister of Health and Social Protection and the Minister of Education, Cousin commended the Government of Tajikistan for prioritising food security and nutrition in the country’s National Development Strategy. She focused on WFP's continued commitment to working with the Government to support Tajikistan’s goal to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth and improved living standards for all.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, met with leading government officials at the Regional South and Central Asia Consultations for the World Humanitarian Summit and visited the Shaartuz District on a four-day trip to Tajikistan the week of 22 July.
07/17/2015 - 09:50

The leaders of the three Rome-based United Nations (UN) agencies gathered in Addis Ababa on 15 July at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development to discuss their joint report, “Zero Hunger: The Critical Role of Investments in Agriculture and Social Protection”.

Achieving Zero Hunger: The World Food Programme (WFP), The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) urge greater investment to end global hunger and poverty.
06/18/2015 - 23:59

We cannot achieve zero hunger if we do not tackle climate change.  Climate- related environmental disasters such as floods and droughts increase food insecurity and malnutrition when agricultural land is affected  and essential food supplies are too often destroyed.
Erratic climate activity disproportionally impacts the most vulnerable people, especially women and children -- ultimately putting hundreds of millions of people at risk. Studies show by 2050, climate change could increase the risk of hunger and child malnutrition by up to 20 percent.

Statement from Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme. ROME - The UN World Food Programme applauds Pope Francis’ call for urgent action to address climate change and its impact on the world’s hungry, poor people.
06/10/2015 - 17:41

I welcome the support of the G7 nations in working towards the ultimate goal to end extreme poverty and hunger.

WFP is pleased with the G7 focus on strengthening efforts to promote sustainable agriculture and foster multi-sectoral approaches to nutrition as well as to safeguard food security and nutrition in conflicts and crises.

Statement from Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme ROME – As Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Progamme (WFP), I applaud the G7 leaders’ concrete goal to lift 500 million people in developing countries out of hunger and malnutrition by 2030.
05/05/2015 - 11:39

By Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director UN World Food Programme

WFP must reach 1.4 million people; but not just with food – survivors urgently need tarpaulins and tents, as well as water purification tablets which WFP will help deliver for our humanitarian partners.